I’m going out on a limb to say that Spain-based Mutant Games’ “Fist of Jesus” is probably historically inaccurate, at the very least. I’ve read the Bible a few times and I don’t recall reading about Jesus Christ and Judas Iscariot fighting off hordes of zombies a’la an arcade-style beat-em-up with a swordfish, pulled-off body parts, a big cross and exploding farts. Personally, this games both looks and feels like a mash-up of Monty Python’s Life of Brian — complete with low-budget special effects — and gory films like the Toxic Avenger. I guess the lesson is that if you’re going to do something completely wacky, you might as well go ALLLLL the way wacky.
No need to look any deeper into it; this game IS as ridiculous and crazy as it sounds, and (as a nondenominational Christian) I love it! ‘Fist of Jesus’ is actually based on the short film of the same name, and its alt-history premise involves something going terribly wrong when Jesus attempts to bring Lazarus back from the dead (you remember that story, right?). Well, anyway, rather than returning to the world of the living, Lazarus is accidentally turned into a flesh-eating zombie. And complete, absurd hilarity ensues.
‘Fist of Jesus’ also comes with certain RPG elements, 60 levels, upgrades, and an accompanying — and aforementioned — live-action short film. The game is currently out on Steam for PC, Mac and Linux. Let’s be honest, this is one of those games that is just too strange for most of us to just let it pass by, because with many modern games going for the artsy and serious route, it’s nice every now and again to play a silly game without judging any technical merits or polish. Games are about HAVING FUN and that’s EXACTLY what this game is.